When the Buckeyes return home after the their week 1 battle against Navy, they’ll do it against an unfamiliar foe, as Frank Beamer and Virginia Tech will make their first trip to Columbus for the first time in either school’s history.
Frank Beamer has etched himself in the annals of college football coaches history with his unique brand of Beamer ball, hallmarked by great strong defense coupled with awesome special teams play and an offense that will do just enough to win ballgames. Hmmmm… where have we heard that before?
This game will also mark the first time since 2010 (Marshall) that the Bucks will open at home under the lights.
The Hokies are coming off a very disappointing 8-5 2013 season. In Tech’s defense, they did lose games to Alabama, Duke, and finally a 42-12 loss to UCLA in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. Va Tech finished second in the ACC-Coastal division and their loss to Duke inevitably cost themselves a trip to Charlotte and the ACC Championship Game. However, they were able to beat their arch rivals from UVA 16-6 to end their regular season… and we all know how important it is to win the rivalry game.
On offense, Va Tech loses quarterback Logan Thomas (some Hokie fans will tell you that’s not a bad thing) and welcome in Texas Tech transfer Michael Brewer. Brewer will battle 3 other qb’s this fall to see who ends up taking the snaps in Blacksburg.
Tech’s ground game should be better, if only because it would be tough to be worse. The Hokies had one of the most inept rushing attacks in Frank Beamer’s 27 seasons in Blacksburg last year, averaging only 119.8 yards per game. But sophomore Trey Edmunds (675 yards, 10 TDs) is back after suffering a broken leg in the regular-season finale, and 224-pound freshman Marshawn Williams might be the answer to the Hokies’ short-yardage woes. It’ll help if Tech’s underperforming offensive line, which returns five players who started games last year, can come together under Stacy Searels, the unit’s third coach in as many years. Read More